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-7 points · 2 days ago

I know I will probably get some flack over this, but I am so tired of a browser telling me how I want to experience the web. Give me back my fast, "insecure" browser and let me decide where the hell I want to go and what content I wish to view.

It's kind of like building a car and only allowing you to drive on certain roads because the maintainers of those roads over there didn't make sure to get with the car manufacturer and gain its approval.

Anyone can make a browser "secure" if they block pretty much everything but pure html.

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Think of Chrome like Tesla's autopilot. If you ignore the warnings from autopilot for human interaction, your car stops you.

I follow this and similar subs for news like this, however my knowledge is limited.

That said, I was wondering if anyone knows how I can serve my webpages over HTTPS (they are hosted on AWS at the moment).

Do I need to buy a Certificate from a CA?

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Letsencrypt. Use it.

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Also Roll Tide state, also 95, 4 bed 3.5 bath 3000 sqft 100% FHA financed $1240.

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2 points · 2 days ago · edited 2 days ago

Is that an house? Mines an apartment, haha.

3.7 acres less than 2 miles from the Madison Hospital in Harvest/Monrovia :)

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2 points · 1 day ago

That explains it. Seems like everyone has decent land near Madison.

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4.3k points · 3 days ago · edited 2 days ago

This made me call my Mom.

EDIT: Wow, this blew up.

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26 points · 2 days ago

I wish I could call mine and hear her voice again.

/plays shooting stars

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2 points · 3 days ago

Similar to this horse flying off into the distance.

Also, this of a Battleship flying into space.

Took me a solid 20 seconds to understand this and now that I have I feel bad for not doing so sooner.

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I still don't get it.

Go finish the naruto war arc

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4 points · 4 days ago

I've finished all of Naruto a long time ago, must be a reference I'm forgetting.

6 points · 4 days ago

I like when they haven't even completed it yet...

"Studying for A+"

"Passed CCNA Class"

"Scheduled Net+ in January"

Makes me want to add

"Will be rock star... one day"

to my resume

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3 points · 4 days ago

I include three different tiers on my resume, just to kind of give people an idea of how I'm progressing, or what my PD goals are. Nobody has ever had a problem with it, and they even ask me how my progress is and seem impressed.

Now honestly I'll probably remove my Network+ because it's completely irrelevant at this point in my career.

Looks something like this.

background: I do infosec within a regulatory science environment at a fortune 50 and our network is supported by one of the largest MSPs out there. when I started we had cat3 cabling and rj-14 to rj-45 cables to connect computers to the network.

so I had that all replaced and I have cat 6 everywhere but we by and large are stuck on cisco 3500 series switches, so our network still suffers from periodic massive packet storms because our switches lack STP support.

our new construction standard is 100mb to the desktop for office users.

the silver lining here is that we're bulldozing our existing lab soon, and I've been tasked with setting the low voltage (ie data) infrastructure requirements for the new lab. I've been told our network dummies will cough up whatever we need to fully utilize that design.

but in the meantime, I have a fucking load of data that I need to shift around at the speed of slow.

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Shit, I'd bring a personal gigabit 2960g or something with line rate switching in to get that done faster. Is it all in the same room? Or is it across campus?

-12 points · 5 days ago · edited 5 days ago

Yes, if the legacy systems were phased out

They can not be....

Yes, if the cost of not doing so were higher than the cost of implementation

it is not so like your pointless hypothetical law this is outside the realm of reality. So as I said Consultants typically live in the lala land of "Yes. If" believing that "everything is possible if I wish it so" when I work in the reality of the situation today.

Today there is no economically viable alternative to our legacy system on a 5-10 year time frame, they are here for at minimum 5 years and most likely in excess of 10 years.

Saying " Yes If ... some unrealistic, reality denying thing" is pointless

For example "Can I buy my own island", Yes, If I win the lottery" that is a pointless statement.....

So yes, if reality was different then i could move to Exchange Online 100%, I could also have a flying unicorn and have Bill Gate's money.... reality however is not different so it is NOT POSSIBLE for me to move to exchange online exclusively

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3 points · 5 days ago

So what about your legacy systems make it infeasible to migrate? Also, given a hypothetical monetary reprieve of migrating, whats stopping you?

What I'm legitimately curious about this unicorn of a business you work for where all solutions are fallible except those that are older.

10 points · 6 days ago · edited 6 days ago

Story time!

So, I left university in 2004 to go work for local government. Even during university, I had aspirations to take certifications, and I quickly learned that working for local government sucks. Starting December 2004, I took MCP exams, and in April 2006 I became MCSE in Windows Server 2003, I was 22 then.

In January of 2006, I moved out of government and went out into the real world and got my first gig as a Systems Administrator. I learned so much more in those 2 1/2 years in that job than I ever would staying in government.

It was at the end of my tenure at this post I started getting to look at Cisco routers, and even then I knew networking ultimately would be the better long term bet because even if Microsoft stopped making Windows or something else took over (which seems to be the case nowadays) then you'd always need a network.

I moved into a new role in July 2008 as a Senior Systems Administrator, and everything was Cisco. Switches, Routers, VoIP, we had it all. I learned about CallManager, set up new offices, got into MPLS and I had a whale of a time. I passed the CCNA here in September 2008, then immediately set about the CCNP (4 exams at the time). I passed 3 within a year (most of the technology in play helped me - I had QoS to think about, spanning trees, VLAN's, not so much routing protocols, but enough)

I finished CCNP in July 2010. From there I joined an MSP in November 2010 working in Enterprise Tools. Really this move was just the enabler to get me out of SMB working IT for manufacturing and was a way into an actual IT company. My focus here was network tools and automation, but got me away from real CLI for a while. I had attempted to start studying for the CCIE at this point, but I think I was on and off and couldn't really get my head into it, especially as I was expected to learn BMC tools at work.

Fearing I would never get the chance to get into full time Networking, a chance came up working shift. October 2012 I started my dream job - Network Engineer. I was 2nd line here working in a shift team of 2 engineers, but the day + shift teams were 20 strong. The guy I partnered with, he was a good guy, knew his stuff, but was on the sick not long after I joined. Suddenly I was on my own at night, responsible for BAU on ~15,000 pieces of network kit for over 120 customers. No pressure then.

I figured I had to either sink or swim, and looking back, I wasn't just treading water, I owned it. For about 6 months I'd just settled into the role, and I think I'd started on the CCNP: Security track as we were doing ASA's/PIX and stuff too, but at one point I said to my wife "can't wait to get this done so I can get on with CCIE - I have the time now" and she said "Do it now", so I promptly dropped it and in May 2013 I started on the IE track. This would be the "last time" I would try it seriously.

Working shifts was nice, because when it was quiet, we were allowed to do whatever - catch up on a TV program? Fine. Watch a film or too? Fine. I used my time wisely and could spend 9-12 hours a night studying when the going was good. I had 4 days off a week too and my wife worked so I could study on the days she was out of the house too. Towards the end, 18 months afterwards, I took 6 weeks off work and studied 12-15 hours a day nearly every day. I was lucky, very lucky.

Being a CCIE meant learning (and mastering) stuff we didn't use everyday. In my 14 years of my IT career, I've still yet to use Multicast networking (obviously outside of the application inside routing protocols and such) and I never worked for an ISP so whilst I understand MPLS, I've never had to worry about configuring a core MPLS network.

I took my lab exam in Feb 2015 in London (Mobile lab!) in Cisco's Feltham office. Nice offices actually, 3 massive Cisco buildings all next to each other. Modern inside, very plush. The candidates gathered together in reception waiting to be taken upstairs to the lab. The lab was setup in a boardroom, very interesting. I took the newer v5 format of the lab, so had the three sections. All the training I had done included how to tackle the lab.

The best piece of advice I picked up was from some older CCIE videos done by one Scott Morris. "Plan the work, and work the plan". One requires a well defined strategy for attempting the lab. The troubleshooting section, you read all the questions first. Some of them looked easy, some of them looked really tricky when you considered the scope of some of them (They highlight which bit of the network you need to fix).

My strategy was to simply spend a few minutes on a ticket to see if it could be solved. I knocked out 5 tickets relatively quickly, but as soon as I got stuck for more than that few minutes, MOVE ON. Tackling troubleshooting in this manner means that you may find that you solve the later tickets quickly, and this allows you more time on the ones you knew you need to go back to. I think I was then able to burn 45 minutes on 1 remaining ticket. I could see the answer, but just didn't see where to apply the fix.

At this point, the other issue with the lab is you need to be mentally tough. Once a section is complete, that's it, it's gone. If you think you've done bad or are beating yourself up on a section - it's not worth it. You need to forget about it and move on. I had read about so many guys who got bummed out during the TS part and even walked out the lab during Config - thinking they'd blown it, only to find after that they'd passed the TS section.

DIAG comes after TS and, it's just walls of text. The answers are all there in front of you - you just need to be able to quickly formulate why "X is broke" and find the answer. That was my take on it, and there was some theory there too. Imagine it as a few written questions but on steroids.

Config remained and at this point I felt OK. Still a bit pissed at myself for the one/two TS tickets I thought I'd answered incorrectly. I even used some Config time for TS, so I had less than the full time for config.

If ever there was a section you needed strategy - it's config. You can't just do section 1 then 2 then 3. You would run out of time. Read the booklet. Group config together. I even wrote what sections I needed to do in what order. I am an extremely fast typist anyway, but learning how to group config together saved me bundles of time and you then don't end up jumping back and forth to the same devices. I had a mountain of time left in the end, which enabled me to go after the 1 or 2 point items I wasn't sure of. The DocCD also broke on me for the section I wanted too, which was nice, so I ended up having to rambo my way through it with ?

I thought I had given it a good effort, but I knew I was close when I left the building. To my joy, I discovered the next morning that I passed first time and the elusive digits were there in the portal. Elation. Relief. Pride. Relief mainly. :)

I continued to work in the NOC for a while longer as I had some other personal things to deal with, but with the IE in the bag, I could at that point resolve incidents with my eyes shut and two hands behind my back. I could fix shit in no time. It was a great time.

When I was ready to move on into an IE role - the MSP didn't want to pay me the money I was then worth, which was a massive shame. I was 6 years into the company at this point and generally knew how everything worked, which was nice considering the size of the place.

I moved on to become an Infrastructure Manager, which really wasn't an IE level job, but allowed me to take a decent jump in salary and I did get some more experience. Notably, we had a new office opening within 6 weeks of me starting, and nobody else there had a clue how to wire up a network cabinet, let alone get the site ready for business. I think we had 2 weeks between handover of the circuits to the first bums being in seats, and I turned the whole thing around in under a week (standing up routers, connecting switches, getting our MSP to sort out firewall rules). That was great.

However, I didn't like managing people too much, not to say I was bad at it, but fortunately 85% of my role was bossing infrastructure (Windows Servers, Networking, Firewalls) so I had plenty of good work there. However, after a year I grew tired of it, it wasn't for me.

So July of last year I took my current job, I am a Senior Engineer, IE skills have been employed greatly, and in fact I'm not just running Networks for our company (6 DC's now) I am playing a big part with servers too. I did take the IE written for Security in 2016, but, I don't think I will do another lab at this point. The networking landscape is changing, and I need to learn Automation more seriously for individual devices, and AWS too.

EDIT: The fun thing about this career is that you will never stop learning, ever. I've learned Linux over the past few years - man if that is something you need to know, you need to know Linux. Even Cisco has Linux/Bash/Python support for automation...

TL: DR; I worked NOC and had loads of time to study for CCIE - that was the key. Having an understanding significant other helps a load too.

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2 points · 6 days ago

Jesus dude, put that TL;DR in bold.

Original Poster1 point · 7 days ago

im starting to wonder if PUBG is where the bad packets are coming from. cus its happening on this modem now too

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So with these uncorrected packets, what is actually happening? What problem is this manifesting as when this happens?

Original Poster2 points · 6 days ago

So all of my issues started with lag in PUBG. I noticed lag so i did my normal trouble shoot. verified no download/upload was happening anywhere on my connection. everything was good. i verified cables, router, etc etc.

The only issue i could find was bad packets on the modem. so i contacted comcast, they 'verfieid' everything was fine. They said my modem must be bad. bought identical version of the same one to test. same issue, millions and millions of bad packets within an hour.

the day after the new modem, i contacted another in comcast. they told me 'your modem cant take the boot file necessary to give you the speeds you're paying for. was paying for 1gb down, 40 up. She said that the boot file they were sending wasn't 'taking effect' on the modem which was causing a outdated/bad boot file to take its place. she claimed this caused the lost packets.

Now as for with the new modem, I know pubg has issues on its own and ive been monitoring things related to their servers/connections. But aside from that, the first night of playing with the new modem i got an incredibly terrible lag that lasted for 1-2 minutes and was quite inconsistent. so i checked and i found all these bad packets in the modem. Now that ive done another day of playing, i haven't yet seen more bad packets roll in but i'm going to keep monitoring it.

Now with the packet stuff, im not sure how it all works. If, lets say PUBG, im playing and for some reason the packets from the pubg server are bad. do they stop at the modem as bad packets or does the modem hand the packets to the PC and let the PC ask for new ones? With the bad packets registering in the modem it makes me feel like its the ISP breaking packets vs if the packets were showing bad in the router(who controls where data goes) or in the pc (the one that asks for the data).

But im not sure how all that works

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It's very possible that the PUBG server itself is having heavy load issues.

Also, what router do you have? Have you checked the logs on it?

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Do you have anything capable of GRE tunnels?

thanks now I’m crying

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I didn't ask for these feels! Fuck...

Man, I pushed so hard for write access. Now all I want is for them to take it away! “help”

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I'll let my flair speak for itself.

Another happy customer

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"You see Harry, remember to flick and swish the SHIT out of your wand like this- REEEEAHHHGG"


wu-sess people are just wrong

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I say "w-soos".

IMO, the people you are talking about are the ones that have found their niche in the world - be that resetting AD passwords or plugging in phones. When they are confronted with something new and outside of their bubble, they panic.

They don't understand VLANs, but can't reveal that they don't know jack about networks, so they insist on having a flat network for a made-up security reason.

They don't understand VPNs, so they port forward remote desktop to the domain controller.

They don't understand basic networking, so when configuring a new server they just keep entering random IP settings until they find one that works. Seriously, I watched a guy do this for nearly 40 minutes one day until he gave up and claimed the network cable was blocking port 80.

They don't understand virtualisation, so their "datacentre" is filled with stacks of 10 year old Dell Optiplex's.

They can't grasp the difference between RAID and backups, so they have no backups.

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They don't understand virtualisation, so their "datacentre" is filled with stacks of 10 year old Dell Optiplex's.


Also, on another note regarding your flair, all the "Network Engineers" and Cable team from an MSP I used to work at called all SFP's no matter what it was, be it an actual SFP, QSFP, or Twinax cable -- GBIC's.

Never more than then, have I had to restrain from exploding about IT Acronym pedantry.

The fuck? You work in IT, right? You're not insane, right? Do you know how to handle that project?

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To be fair, your previous posts really did construe your role in this in much more of a Solo-admin light.

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88 points · 15 days ago

In the MSP world, this is what's called "Tuesday".

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32 points · 15 days ago

This is why I love coming from the MSP world to a normal job. To everyone else who doesn't have to play detective all the time and fix things daily, you look like a wizard - when really you've just seen pretty much about anything IT hell can throw at you.

Original Poster1 point · 16 days ago

No I'm not. I've thought it could be that, and have done some research but so far my tweaking of router settings hasn't helped.

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Is the Cisco von client you speak of Any connect? As far as I know you can't use any other client to connect to any connect vpn.

Funny that’s what I always think about too. “In an hour I’ll have found the cause, implemented the fix and be through this mess... don’t worry, I always make it to the other side of the shithole.”

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That's exactly what happens with me too, trying to fix some big outage, and can't figure out the cause... mind starts going 5000 miles an hour, but then I think, "in 30 minutes to an hour I'll have this figured out" but the in-between is so infuriating.

Original Poster20 points · 16 days ago

Condescendingly, don't you mean the extranet?

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11 points · 16 days ago

Skeptically, I don't think many people would be receptive to that...

Not so much the WYSE system, but have used thin clients for 17 years at one of our large high schools. Note I say one - it was meant as a district proof of concept, but a lot of people didn't like them.

It's really not cheaper than buying desktops up front, and thin clients are more limited than a full desktop. You probably know these things already, but I just wanted to chime in my experiences.

I will say I put out some thin clients 9 years ago and haven't had to touch them since. We use HP and they come with a free Altiris style management for the Windows CE these run - basically set one up how you like it, and clone the config to everything else.

We're cheap so just have a farm of Server 2008 R2 terminal servers and use round robin DNS to load balance the connections - around 200. This refresh cycle, I'm replacing them with Chrome tops. They're cheap and can do everything we use the thin client labs for (browsing, limited office use, light printing).

I know it's not what really you asked for, but just giving my (albeit limited) perspective.

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We're cheap so just have a farm of Server 2008 R2 terminal servers

Looks at EoL date - Screams internally

We did MS SDS with csvs as well sin our SIS doesn't do one roster. Was still super easy to do with powershell. Google sds was a bit more difficult, and their support lacking greatly compared to the MS SDS team. Shout out to Ann in SDS support for being great!

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Shout out to Ann as well! We've had to use them quite a bit for issues with SDS, and she's always helped.

Original Poster1 point · 19 days ago

Thank you very much I appreciate it. I was able to get it to accept 3.6.8 in install mode so I think the jump to Denali was just too much. Previous engineer never updated anything, ever.

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Is there any reason to go to Denali? I'd rather wait until the 3.X line is EoL to make sure Denali has matured...

If your current boss hates USB, hates VLANs, mixes drive type/sizes in RAIDs, and ducks out of the office for 4hrs for a haircut.... you might have my old boss.

In which case, you're smarter than him, so just keep doing what you're doing. He'll go home mad that you "broke" his environment but still take credit for fixing it tomorrow.

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One of my coworkers always asks me "Why is everything so segmented?!" because we have VLAN's for almost everything. He wants to have everything be just one VLAN.

...Do you want a fuckton of SSDP and broadcast noise? Because that's how you get a fuck ton of SSDP And Broadcast traffic.

Ha I got goosebumps down my whole body 🤢

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I curled my toes a little.

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